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Alfred Woodley Salter and Mabel Smith Salter Endowed Professor in Pediatrics
Current Research and Scholarly Interests 1. Role of the G protein coupled receptors in regulating mitochondrial structure and function.
2. Differences between R and L ventricular responses to stress, including gene expression and miR regulation.
3. Using iPSC-derived myocytes to understand heart failure and congenital heart disease.
4. Tools for evaluation of cardiac physiology in transgenic mice and isolated cardiomyocytes.
5. Anti-body mediated rejection.
6. Biomarkers for post-transplant lymphoproliferative disorder.
Vivek Bhalla, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine (Nephrology)
Current Research and Scholarly Interests Dr. Bhalla's research interests are in the pathogenesis of diabetic kidney disease and salt-sensitive hypertension. The laboratory is interested in elucidating regulators of inflammation in diabetic glomeruli. We interface these studies with collaborative projects on biomarkers for human diabetic nephropathy. We also study the mechanisms of aberrant sodium handling in the setting of obesity and insulin resistance. We use molecular and transgenic approaches to address our research questions.
Helen M. Blau
The Donald E. and Delia B. Baxter Foundation Professor and Director, Baxter Laboratory for Stem Cell Biology
Current Research and Scholarly Interests Prof. Helen Blau's research area is regenerative medicine with a focus on stem cells. Her research on nuclear reprogramming and demonstrating the plasticity of cell fate using cell fusion is well known and her laboratory has also pioneered the design of biomaterials to mimic the in vivo microenvironment and direct stem cell fate. Current findings are leading to more efficient iPS generation, cell based therapies by dedifferentiation a la newts, and discovery of novel molecules and therapies.
Instructor, Cardiovascular Institute
Current Research and Scholarly Interests Pharmacogenomics, patient-specific drug response, cardiac differentiation of human induced pluripotent stem cells using developmental biology paradigms, disease modeling, cardiotoxicity, electrophysiology